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Former troubled school completely turned around'

PUBLISHED: 15:58 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 12 August 2010

TEACHERS are claimng a remarkable turnaround at a school that was put on special measures nine months ago. Ofsted inspectors gave James Dixon Primary School, in Anerley, a good overall report with outstanding grades for its leadership and care. L

TEACHERS are claimng a 'remarkable turnaround' at a school that was put on special measures nine months ago.

Ofsted inspectors gave James Dixon Primary School, in Anerley, a 'good' overall report with 'outstanding' grades for its leadership and care.

Last May the school was given the lowest two Ofsted grades in every category whilst pupils were observed to be 'lethargic' and lacking in initiative.

Its report last Monday (16) read: "Pupils told inspectors that 'sometimes we surprise ourselves with how much we learn!'

"This represents a remarkable turnaround since the last inspection and is due to the exceptional leadership of the headteacher and the senior leadership team."

'Most pupils' are now achieving nationally expected grades.

Since the May 2008 report the school was taken over by the Michael Wilson, who is also head teacher of Malcolm Primary School, in Penge.

Ernest Noad, Bromley councillor for children, said: "I wish to commend the commitment, dedication and sheer hard work put in by all the staff.

"I am also grateful to the staff and governors of Malcolm Primary School who have continued to provide an outstanding education for the children there whilst the head teacher has been leading both schools."

Oaklands Junior School, in Biggin Hill, is the borough's only other school on special measures, but it is due to be taken off the hit list.

Pupils told Ofsted inspectors in March 2007 that maths was 'dull and boring' whilst the school's leadership held an 'inflated view' of the school's performance.

In contrast, the infant school has scooped top marks in Ofsted reports.

But last December Ofsted reported that the primary school's head teacher had made 'shrewd' teaching appointments whilst the governors took more interest monitoring the school.

Its overall performance was marked 'satisfactory' rather than 'inadequate' and inspectors recommended it be taken off special measures.

Bromley has 13 primary schools, seven secondary school and three special schools with 'outstanding' Ofsted reports.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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